Todd Solondz's sophomore feature is an unflinchingly bleak portrait of what it's like to enter adolescence.
Pixar's very first feature carries the whole studio's legacy on its shoulders and for good reason.
Layered in brilliance on all count, a work as challenging as it is thrilling. (✯✯✯✯✯)
Transcends its outer layer as an action film and remains one of the most thoughtful works of animation put on the screen. (✯✯✯✯✯)
Excessive but always fascinating. (✯✯✯✯)
Creates a portrait of a seedy world and how everything fuels itself to be thrown. (✯✯✯✯✯)
In little there is much meaning. (✯✯✯✯✯)
Encapsulates its time period inside of a unique subversion of stereotypes. (✯✯✯✯)
A cleverly funny, yet frightening and sympathetic outlook at damaged people. (✯✯✯✯½)
Occasionally some great writing shines, but it's hammered down by unnecessary sap. (✯✯✯)